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Old July 8th, 2012, 10:39 PM
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Don't laugh - 88 Suzuki Samurai

My wife, for whatever reason, is interested in getting an 88 Suzuki Samurai tinroof. The truck is in Eagle Grove, Iowa. It's not Defender money so I am not too worried about it but any one know of a good mechanic there to go check it out?
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Old July 8th, 2012, 11:26 PM
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I should mock but I actually have no problem with wanting a samari but why on earth does she want one that is lifted?
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Old July 8th, 2012, 11:27 PM
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I should mock but I actually have no problem with wanting a samari but why on earth does she want one that is lifted?
Apparently flipping a vehicle isn't enough, she wants one to do kart wheels too
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Old July 8th, 2012, 11:28 PM
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I should mock but I actually have no problem with wanting a samari but why on earth does she want one that is lifted?
So it will fall over?
Surely by now rust has eaten these away?
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Old July 8th, 2012, 11:36 PM
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Aside from the retarded lift it looks clean.
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Old July 8th, 2012, 11:50 PM
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Thanks... yeah... we were going to take the lift off. They guy who has it only has had it for a month. He's got a bad knee and didn't realize it would be that bad driving a manual. Waiting for VIN and picts of the frame to see what the rest of it looks like.

She's looking for a tinroof one which I guess is rarer.
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Old July 9th, 2012, 12:15 AM
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What are the seats?

I agree with Jeff on the flares.
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Old July 9th, 2012, 12:31 AM
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Some kind of racing seat... this is def the anti-stock Samurai.
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Old July 9th, 2012, 12:57 AM
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How long has it been lifted like that? If that thing has been wheeled I would run away. It looks like something some kid did to take out and beat the shit out of. I would be afraid of it falling apart once you bring it back down
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Old July 9th, 2012, 03:33 AM
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A couple of things to consider, the paint is new as there is fresh overspray in the wheel wells, could be a rusty mess under there.

I would think that lifted that much with those tires that the gears may have been changed. drive shafts may have been modded as well as steering etc.

The only reason to buy a lifted or modified rig is if you want a lifted or modified rig. You get a good deal on a modded truck if its been done right and you want it done the way the PO built it, because he takes the lose on the after market parts.


This most likely wont pen out to put back to stock, as mentioned above look for a clean stock one you will be money ahead over trying to put this one back.

Just my .02 from making many mistakes buying someone elses junk
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Old July 9th, 2012, 07:02 AM
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I guy I knew bought one of these when they first came out, flipped it and slid through an intersection on the roof at 60mph. He was ok but moved in a different direction vehicle wise after that.

Be careful.
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I used to mock my younger brother's Samuri until I saw that thing actually wheel in the trails. Definately not as robust as a Defender, but it makes up for it because it's lightweight. You could get it to "hop" over rocks and logs, stumps no problem.

I would maybe hesitate to send it out on the street. Especially without some type of rollover protection. With that amount of lift and tires, it is not a matter of IF, but WHEN that thing gets rolled.

Short wheelbase + high center of gravity = unstable

Still, this one looks pretty tight, nice find. Good luck and get some ROPS in place (unless you're trtying to get rid of the wife for some reason you're not telling us)
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Old July 9th, 2012, 10:43 AM
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I bought one new back in the day it was $7995 and I added a brush bar for an additional $300.

They are very capable off roaders but are under powered.

I would try and find a rust free stock truck if she reallly wants one.
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Old July 9th, 2012, 11:27 AM
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Do the toyota axle swap.

Extreme4x4 show on spike has a great zuk with a diesel conversion and toy axles.
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Thanks everyone for the advice... I knew you guys would have some good stuff to say. We are still looking and waiting for some more info on this one.
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Old July 9th, 2012, 03:50 PM
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last carbureted vehicle sold in the US!!
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last carbureted vehicle sold in the US!!
What year?
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Old July 9th, 2012, 04:16 PM
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Agree on taking off those flares - they don't look right.

Drove one years ago and it was pretty scary but like anything it could have had bad alignment/bushings/something else.

A buddy of mine in VT has a soft top with 31"s and it looks great and he says it is a capable little rig. He said if it does get stuck you only need like 2 guys to move the thing.

Maybe research the Pirate Suzuki forum - I'm sure there are some crazy builds on there including a Toy axle'd one like Evil mentioned.
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In all seriousness from those pics its does look pretty clean, the flares dont fit at all but it looks pretty nice.

But yea personally i wouldn't let my wife drive one, especially that jacked up, way to easy to flip

Edit: Those seats have to go, they are 1 pieces of shit and 2 totally unsafe, and they are not meant to be used w/ a 3 point, and dont even think about putting a 5 or 6 point w/out a roll bar/cage and you should never drive a car with a roll bar on the street....
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Old July 9th, 2012, 10:19 PM
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What year?

1990..? I think. can't seem to confirm it right now, but this fact has been floating in my head for years now. Who knows when/how I learned this...
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